New puppy...what food?

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Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 8:25am PST 
So, Im excited to say that Baron and myself have added another family member... Ruger is a 10 week old Merlequin Great Dane weighing in at 37 pounds already! I know the protien level for these guys needs to be between 21 and 25%...Its extremely hard to find that in a Large Breed Puppy Forumla...or maybe im just not looking hard enough. Any ideas?
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Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 10:01am PST 
I don't think protein level as as much of a concern as correct calcium / phosphorus ratios. I know you want as close to 1:1 as possible. I believe Wellness and Orijen have large breed puppy foods. Play around with your pup and see what goes best with his system.. just take it nice and slow. Congrats, btw!!

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Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 10:17am PST 
Protein isn't the issue, too much calcium is what you need to watch out for. You want your pup to grow at a slow, steady rate. Fast, bursty growth is where you'll run into problems, and excess calcium can cause that. Aside from finding a food with quality ingredients, calcium levels are the number one thing you need to pay attention to. The general rule is keep calcium around or a little under 1.5% and phosphorus around 1%.

I'd give the Large Breed Puppy Nutrition thread a read through. I've also heard good things about the information on The Great Dane Lady's site.

Edited by author Tue Feb 12, '13 10:35am PST



Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 10:55am PST 
Well this is the food hes on now.. But i cant seem to find the calcium level or phosphorus levels on their website...and Im not at home to look at the bag....
Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Potato & Rabbit Dry Dog Formula

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Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 4:07pm PST 
NB isn't a real transparent company. You need to contact the company for that information unless your google-fu is strong.